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Two Koreas hold rare talks amid nuclear threat | International | Reuters

PAJU, South Korea (Reuters) - Political rivals North and South Korea held rare, brief and acrimonious talks on Tuesday over a joint factory park as global powers tried to prevent Pyongyang from restarting its nuclear arms plant.

The talks, delayed for nearly 12 hours by a dispute over the venue and format, produced no breakthrough and increased friction over the Kaesong park, the last remaining major area of cooperation between the states technically still at war.

Regional powers' frustration with North Korea has been growing, and earlier this month it defied South Korea, Japan and the United States and launched a rocket in what was widely seen as a disguised long-range missile test.

The Kaesong park, where South Korean firms use cheap North Korean labor and land to make goods, was once hailed as a model of economic cooperation but is now the focus of mounting tension.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Tue Apr 21st, 2009 at 04:59:55 PM EST
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